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9 Witty Pieces Of Advice For Writers

As told by authors Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler.

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On February 17th, Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler discussed literature at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Here's what they had to say:

1. "Real life doesn't have to be convincing, but fiction does." - Neil Gaiman

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2. "All great books are strange, but not all strange books are great." - Daniel Handler

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3. "Write things you care about. Write things that people want to read." - Neil Gaiman

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4. "You don't get to complain about the color of the balloons at the parade held in your honor." -Daniel Handler

On discussing which of his books he felt was underrated.
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On discussing which of his books he felt was underrated.

5. "Love books, love words, and love stories with a passion." - Neil Gaiman

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6. "Write in longhand." - both Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler

No really, they both expressly prefer writing in longhand.
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No really, they both expressly prefer writing in longhand.

7. "Synchronicity is magical, an enchantment of the world." - Daniel Handler

Synchronicity is when two events happen at the exact same time and seem to be related, but can't possibly be. Handler is a big fan of using it in his writing.
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Synchronicity is when two events happen at the exact same time and seem to be related, but can't possibly be. Handler is a big fan of using it in his writing.

8. "Finish things." - Neil Gaiman

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9. "Get to work." - Daniel Handler

You heard the man.
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You heard the man.